Staff and residents at care homes across Watford will be celebrating Easter slightly differently this year, by taking part in a virtual Easter show on Zoom hosted by Watford FC Community Sports and Education Trust and Watford Borough Council, with special musical guests and delicious Easter eggs.
The entertainment will be hosted by Vibe 1076 DJ, Lee Partridge and will feature a variety of music and entertainment. E
aster baskets of mini eggs and party packs to decorate and provide fun for all residents and cares homes will be delivered 72 hours before the event on Saturday, April 3.
Special guests will include Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Henry Holland-Hibbert and Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE CStJ.
The event is part of the Watford FC CSE Trust’s ‘Golden Memories’ initiative, a reminiscence programme for people with mild to moderate dementia, which uses memorabilia along with ‘magic moments’ from the club’s history to ‘stimulate the senses, and evoke personal memories’.
More than 1,000 Easter Eggs have been donated by the charity SEWA Day, as well as a variety of mini eggs and spring flowers donated by The Rotary Club. This will all be safely distributed to 21 care homes and guests prior to the virtual event.
The Prince of Bengal restaurant are kindly organising a Carer’s Award to be delivered to each home to give one carer a ‘meal voucher’ for providing outstanding care during the pandemic.
The event has also received a large charitable donation from Charlie Benning, the grandson of Mick Benning, a former Watford FC player in the 1960s, who was in attendance at the official opening of Golden Memories.
Other sponsors and donations have come from Watford Borough Council, Watford FC CSE Trust, The Chamber of Commerce’s founder Chris Luff, host DJ Lee Partridge, RMD Care, Rotary Club and the Prince of Bengal restaurant.
Peter Taylor, Elected Mayor of Watford said: “I am delighted to be taking part in another dementia friendly event following on from the success of the Valentines Cream Tea Show. Events like these are vital in ensuring people with dementia or those who are isolated have the opportunity to socialise, connect with their community and have fun.
“We want to be a town where everyone can thrive and live fulfilling lives and by making the town better for elderly residents and people living with dementia we are helping people do just that. I’d like to thank everyone who got involved in making these events so special.”